We couldn’t let you guys get only one dose of Matthew Silver on this Wackadoodle day, now could we? See below for the second part of the interview with Matthew Silver. Get inspired, take off your pants.
Whatever scares you just keep doing it over and over and over again.
Words by Alex Norelli
Alex: Do you have any comedy idols? Is Andy Kaufman?
Matthew: The big key is Andy Kaufman, Jack Smith—now he’s not a comedian but he’s a performance artist—Alexander Jodorowosky, David Lynch. And Steve Martin, he always made little things really exciting, like just moving his pinky, and then the whole audience would clap for it. And I’ve always been into that, I’ve been copying, stealing that. And, Robin Williams, he was amazing in The Fisher King. He blew my mind, he played this Wackadoodle knight in armor guy on the street, but he was homeless. Dave Chapelle. jackass. Tom Green. Eric Andre—his show is kinda gross, kinda evil, but it’s still so funny. I don’t know if it’s evil, it’s just funny. Tim and Eric are very funny, their show is really gross … I want to do what Tim and Eric and Eric Andre are doing but produce it in a kind love perspective … have this feeling of hope and feeling of continued wonder. I want to take what South Park does and put a love to it. It’s just too easy to make things seem hopeless, and then just have a character shitting his ass off. It’s easy to make fun of how stupid America is, it’s easy to call things stupid, but then you’re stupid. But now we should wake up from that and emphasize that we can be stupid, but we can also be smart in connecting, wholesome and nonjudgmental.
Alex: Have you ever taken your performance outside of New York (City)?
Matthew: Not yet, I can’t wait. Once I do what I focus on doing, if it’s going to work or not work, it’s going to happen this year or not, this summer or fall, making the entire world laugh at nothing. So it’s either going to happen or it’s not going to happen. But after this year, this winter, I’ll take a break, get my body back in shape again, let it heal, cause I’m getting a lot of bruises from falling. I’m gonna let it heal, then definitely do a tour during the winter and think about doing a tour in the summer, just go all over the world. I just gotta do that thing that’s in my head that I believe I have to do, it’s that wonder. I feel these chills, so its gotta happen. It’s gonna happen. It’s a metaphysical experience, you gotta make the entire world laugh at nothing.
I have to see if I can do it, I have to see and all I’m doing is being consistent. So I have to trust that the cosmic forces are gonna work with me, they work with everybody, you know what I mean.
It’s believing in who you are and your important message: that you can make a lot of people happy. And I did, I mean this viral video, it made a lot of people happy, but its not enough, I want to take it to the next level.
And then once it does that, its about seeing how long you can do it for and once you get really tired then that’s when you should take a break. I will and I have taken breaks. People think I’m crazy, but I think most people are crazy, because I meet a lot of people and they talk about doing all this “crazy stuff” and they don’t even do the foundations of what they’re trying to do, which is A, being consistent, doing the rituals. If it’s a once a week thing it’s a once a week thing, you gotta see it through. It’s not so great every time I’m on the street. But it’s something I’m consistent with and I want to do, and that’s what we gotta teach each other.
Alex: I’ve notice you’ve collaborated with people, are all your collaborations impromptu, or are there some that are prepared?
Matthew: When I collaborate with someone I want to have some sort of rehearsal or outline, sometimes it’s improv, it’s a little bit of both.
Alex: Do you have any recommendations for people who want to live with less fear or live life more open? It’s one of those things that everyone wants or the the tools are in the way, or fear gets in the way.
Matthew: Well I can only say how I’ve experienced my own life, because everyone’s biological brain makeup is different, but you have to live your life, no matter who you are, you have to live with yourself. And, there is no magic pill. You deal with the emotions in your brain. It’s all about how you deal with them and how you observe them and how you are aware of them, instead of reacting and just acting like that persona in your brain.
And, a lot of people have taken that step instead of saying what they’re going to say what they want to say immediately they take a deep breath, because we all have automatic reactions, and the best way you can deal with your own fear is going to the heart of it. Whatever scares you just keep doing it over and over and over again. I’ve developed, but I’ve developed over a span of ten years doing this on and off. And there are no magic pills you’re going to have to deal with the situation.And I would say that’s my best advice, is that when you have children, if you have children, you teach them to be fearless, because that’s were I learned my habits and patterns. My parents were great, and I love them to death, but they weren’t as aware as they could have been of what habits I was training myself to do, but now at this point in my life I take full responsibility for that. At this point in your life, take responsibility for your emotions and deal with them.
To me it was going to open mic a lot, or performing on the street a lot. Interacting with people a lot, getting myself out there to cure my own blockage. And, I wouldn’t label your shit as, “I’m really shy I cant talk to people”, “oh I’m agoraphobic I can’t go out.”
These are titles that people get obsessed with and they create them in their head and then they become so true that “Oh, I have ADD I can’t talk to you because I’m so distracted.” People get distracted whether they have ADD or not. Maybe they do have a serious form, I’m not trying to say they don’t … what I’m trying to say is don’t get hung up on the labels. Schedule your time, you can go out, you can meet people; it’s blockage that you’re dealing with. Instead of labeling it as some sort of disorder, see it as blockage, you can be aware of the blockage, be aware of the thought that’s holding you back and you can work on it.
All blockage that is created by fear is an illusion. “I’m too weird” or “I’m too strange” are all things produced by fear, which is an illusion, and at the heart of it the only thing that matters is love. And so if you have strong intentions about your art and your work and your life, you will go far with love.
You will go far with producing more goodness in the world. It’s not a religious thing. It’s just a one-on-one thing, just making people smile more. You’re giving people respect by listening, having conversations that are not just one person talking, or one person listening, there is some kind of interaction. There’s a lot of people out there that just talk and talk and don’t even care if the other person is listening, there’s no interaction of energy. If there’s no flow of energy, you’re just not gonna feel as good as you can.
Image and video copyright Matthew Silver.